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  1. That should be all it takes to sort out. That said, I wish you luck!
  2. That's the year of original build for a rebuilt vehicle using the original registration. The question is what happens with radically altered or scratch built vehicles that require a new identity.
  3. Ah, so the band is set on year of engine manufacture, not vehicle first registration/re-registration. I suppose it'd be impossible to get an older engined vehicle approved at all, though with modern emissions regs...
  4. Does anyone know what the diesel road fund charges are for Q plated vehicles? Specifically if they're charging the circa £500 they charged TD5 and 2.4 Tdci Defenders? I recall that the charges on the TD5s when up retrospectively, and that seemed to be almost unique in doing so; most regs seem to be implemented with advanced notice and no retrospection to older vehicles. I ask because I'm still concerned about major punitive action for diesels in the future, and Q plate diesels could plausibly face some issues. I would hope that any tax band allocation is fixed on initial registration and that any regulation changes that occur after registration, be it specification, tax or any other matter, would be immaterial, but I don't trust them! I'm also confused as to what happens to an existing rebuilt and modified vehicle that currently meets the points scheme criteria to retain its ID, but then gets one more mod over a decade after rebuild that puts it below the 8 points. It seems that becomes a radically altered vehicle, but the DVLA literature is unclear on how to deal with it, only seeming to deal with vehicles where all the mods are done at once in a single major build. By the way, Wes, cars over ten years old with less than eight seats are exempt from IVA, according to the DVLA website.
  5. My 95 RRC Tdi has the same rotoflex coupling on the rear diff. It gives a smoother drive, absorbing vibration and engine pulses. It is less robust than standard UJs, though, so some folk will retrofit a UJ. It was only used on the 300Tdi era RRC and higher spec Discovery, never the low spec Discovery or Defender.
  6. Tupps, one other thing about the late dash - you'll have to seal up the iconic flaps under the windscreen and remove their operating levers. That seems a big step backwards to me. The late dash has a powerful heater (too powerful, and the temperature control on it is terrible; full hot or cold, nothing in between) and a reasonable AC system if fitted, but no other advantages. You already have aircon, so adding a Webasto or Eberspacher cab heater for the winter would bring you all the advantages of the late dash with none of the disadvantages, better heating (with no need to run the engine, too), better dash layout, more comfort, you keep the vents flaps which are great in summer, and it's a lot less work and less to go wrong...
  7. You're right - I'd skimmed past those photos. It's probably the best of the dash designs; the old style didn't have much space for extra switches or instruments, and the Puma type has almost no storage space and takes up too much leg room, as well as not fitting aesthetically with the round vents and curved binnacle.
  8. Here's a link to an image: Just look up TD5 defender dash. Note that it was 2002 that the dash was introduced, while the TD5 started in 1997 with the same dash as you have. The lower part is the same, it's the top that changed. The wiper motor was reorientated to fit, mounted vertically instead of diagonally, and it used different gauges, but I'm sure your existing instrument pod would fit this dash with your existing instruments. You'd need the right connectors and perhaps the dash end of the harness/loom to connect all the centre switches. I think the row of three switches above your left knee were deleted and moved to the centre of the new dash, and that includes the hazard light switch. You could leave your existing switches wired up and use the new ones for something else, leave them disconnected or replace them with blanking plugs. The heater and A/C units remain the same.
  9. Anything is possible, but fitting that Puma dash is a huge job and would require the new instruments, heater/AC and wiper systems to go with it. The steering column and pedals wouldn't be affected, but it might foul the gear levers. It gives a lot less leg room than the old dash. A 2002-2007 dash would be a far easier task, just needing the wiper system tweaked and the switches wired into relays to power the various ancilliaries. Very nice 90.
  10. Some ingenious solutions on here!
  11. The fact that they spend most of their lives on the road, not the ramp, makes them look good for a start. Imagine LR offering a seven year warranty!
  13. Many of the rods have adjustable end clips, and one between the handle and latch assembly may need adjusting. It'll be quite obvious how to do it once you remove the door trim (that needs the the blanking discs in the interior grab handle prising out to reveal the two screws in the handle, a screw in the interior latch handle surround, and the vertical lock plunger surround needs to be prised upwards for removal prior to levering the card off the door frame).
  14. I'm not keen on that characteristic of winch bumpers either, but at least the approach angle won't exceed a 110 departure angle, and could serve to warn of excessive terrain angles before you tackle it.
  15. You'd think for SVA/IVA vehicles they'd issue a standard DVLA plate.